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Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week
Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Supporters of Public Education,
Our public schools are filled with heroes who continually step up for the children and communities they serve. Just look at the teachers of
Saucedo Academy; the loving and courageous Antoinette Tuff and Kaitlyn Roig; the dedicated school personnel across the snowy Southeast; or the pure humanity of Jennifer Rose, the teacher of Ethan Rediske. The true colors of our public school employees shines through everyday!
Save Our Schools is proud to announce the second annual teacher and staff appreciation actions that will take place this May.
You are all invited to support teachers and school staff by taking actions to strengthen publicschools. We are working to have the traditional teacher appreciation day be more influential, informed, and responsive to the political issues facing teachers and students. Here’s what’s happening.
1. During Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week, May 5-9th, 2014, help initiate and sustain actions to
support public education by taking the attached Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week Flyer and making it specific to your locale. Adjust or adapt this word document as you need. You can also add your group’s logo.
2. Send the attached Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week Letter to legislators, officials, and/or your newspaper explaining why high stakes tests should not be used to evaluate teachers. Change the form letter to make it specific to your local conditions.
3. Here is a more comprehensive list of ideas and actions that you can take to show your support of teachers and staff in our public schools.
- Discussions of books/articles with friends like Diane Ravitch’s excellent book, The Death and Life of the American School System
- Conversations with other parents neighbors, community organizations
- Letters or Visits to editors/media/your legislators
- Tables at spring fairs/festivals, etc.
- Contact your local, state or National Education Association
- Attend a public hearing on educational or budget issues
- Host an Awareness Event (dance, pot luck, music jam, poetry, etc.)
- Host a Movie Night in your home, school or community (here are some great film suggestions)
- Youtube parent/student flash mob
- Work with local education, community or parent activists
- Meet with your Parent Association (PTA, HSA) or write to the national PTA
- Letters to Michelle Obama
- Letters of Support about your favorite teacher to legislators asking their support for public schools and teachers
Spread the word to as many colleagues as possible, and thanks for you all do to demonstrate your support of public schools!
The SOS Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week Committee